Eliphaz Speaks: Job’s Wickedness Is Great
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:
2#Lk 17:10 “Can a man be profitable to God,
as he who is wise may be profitable to himself?
3Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that you are righteous?
Or is it gain to Him that you make your ways blameless?
4#Job 14:3; Ps 143:2 “Is it because of your fear of Him that He corrects you,
and enters into judgment with you?
5Is not your wickedness great,
and your iniquity infinite?
6#Ex 22:26; Eze 18:16 For you have taken a pledge from your brother for nothing,
and stripped the naked of their clothing.
7#Job 31:17; Isa 58:7 You have not given water to the weary to drink,
and you have withheld bread from the hungry.
8#Isa 9:15 But as for the mighty man, he possessed the earth,
and the honorable man lived in it.
9#Job 24:3; 24:21 You have sent widows away empty,
and the strength of the fatherless was crushed.
10#Job 18:8–10 Therefore snares are all around you,
and sudden fear troubles you,
11#La 3:54; Ps 69:1–2 or darkness, so that you cannot see;
and an abundance of waters covers you.
12#Job 11:8 “Is not God in the height of heaven?
And see the height of the stars, how high they are!
13#Ps 10:11; Eze 8:12 And you say, ‘What does God know?
Can He judge through the dark cloud?
14#Ps 139:11–12 Thick clouds are His covering, so He cannot see;
and He walks above the circle of heaven.’
15Will you keep to the old way,
that wicked men have trod?
16#Job 15:32 They were cut down before their time;
their foundations were swept away by a flood.
17#Job 21:14–15; Ps 4:6 They said to God, ‘Depart from us,’
and, ‘What can the Almighty do to us?’
18#Job 21:16; 12:6 Yet He filled their houses with good things;
but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19#Ps 52:6; 58:10 “The righteous see it and are glad,
and the innocent laugh them to scorn:
20#Job 1:16 ‘Surely our adversaries are cut down,
and the fire consumes their remnant.’
21“Now acquaint yourself with Him and be at peace;
thereby good will come to you.
22#Job 23:12; Ps 119:11 Receive, I pray, the teaching from His mouth,
and lay up His words in your heart.
23#Job 11:13–14; Zec 1:3 If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up;
you will put away iniquity far from your tents.
24#1Ki 9:28 Then you will lay up gold as dust,
and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
25#Isa 33:6 Yes, the Almighty will be your gold
and your precious silver;
26#Job 27:10; Isa 58:14 for then you will delight yourself in the Almighty,
and will lift up your face unto God.
27#Isa 58:9; Job 33:26 You will make your prayer to Him, and He will hear you,
and you will pay your vows.
28#Ps 112:4; Pr 4:18 You will also declare a matter, and it will be established unto you;
and the light will shine upon your ways.
29#1Pe 5:5; Jas 4:6 When men are cast down, and you say, ‘There is a time of exaltation!’
then He will save the humble person.
30He will even deliver one who is not innocent;
he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.”